Official: Leonardo resigns from his role as Milan’s Sporting Director

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Leonardo before Torino-Milan at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino on April 28, 2019. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Leonardo has decided to end his term at Milan as he handed in his resignation today, which the club accepted.

Leo arrived to the club last summer after the Elliott takeover and the collapse of the Chinese, but he will not be managing the sporting side of the club any longer.

“Leonardo Nascimento de Araujo (Leonardo) has today informed Milan of his decision to resign from his position of the club’s Sporting Director with immediate effect. Milan has accepted his resignation,” a statement on the Rossoneri’s website reads on Tuesday evening.

The club wishes to thank Leonardo for his important contributions in helping to take the club forward into in a new era and wishes him all the best for his future career. The Brazilian manager was appointed as Sporting Director in July 2018, overseeing market activities during his time with the club. An announcement on the appointment of a new Sporting Director will be made in due course.

“Ivan Gazidis, CEO of Milan, said: ‘Leonardo joined Milan in its hour of need a few short weeks before the closing of the summer transfer window. Under very difficult circumstances he put his heart and soul into addressing a highly complicated situation and transmitting his energy and his ambition to the team. I am very grateful to Leonardo for everything he has contributed to our great Club and wish him well in his future endeavors’.”

Leonardo before Torino-Milan at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino on April 28, 2019. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

It is reported that Leonardo had a one-year contract with Milan for an option to extend for two more years. After the failure to reach the Champions League, the former midfielder decided to pack his bags and leave. A key contributor to his decision, according to the media, is differences with Gazidis over the project: the CEO, representing the desire of Elliott, wants a team made up almost entirely of young players, while Leo wanted to add experienced players to the core of the team.

It remains to be seen who will replace Leonardo at Milan. There are talks about Lille’s Luis Campos but it’s almost certain that he will not take the role of director of sport but could act as an external mercato consultant. A promotion for Paolo Maldini – who is thinking about his future as well – is possible, but the name of Lazio’s Igli Tare is also being mentioned by different outlets.

In his short tenure as director of sport, Leonardo managed to sign Mattia Caldara, Gonzalo Higuain, Tiémoué Bakayoko, Diego Laxalt, Samu Castillejo, Lucas Paquetá and Krzysztof Piątek.

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Ashraf
2 years ago

Go away and never come back

milan4lyf
milan4lyf
2 years ago
Reply to  Ashraf

Must be a Shitty day for your broken-record because Leo is probably going back to your PSG. lol

Ashraf
2 years ago
Reply to  milan4lyf

It will never happen don’t take every rumor is true

Raven
Raven
2 years ago

Who’s next? Maldini, Donnarumma, Romagnoli, Calabria? This team has no identity, players shown no respect for the club. And when results are slowly improving we start from 0 again.

Iheanyi
Iheanyi
2 years ago

Pls there was a discord app that was advertised here some months ago when rossoneriblog was not running always. I joined the group but had to flash my fob yesterday so dont have it again. Pls i need link to be added back thanks. Haso, jibola, millanelo, ugo, pls take note

JOHN THE BAPTIST
JOHN THE BAPTIST
2 years ago

Ok, yeah, no way Gasperini is joining us now, I don’t understand the names being linked to our coaching position. Just in case no “world class” coach gonna come, I know Arsene Wenger will, just get him, I just want us to play beautiful football.

milan4lyf
milan4lyf
2 years ago

Letting Leo go is the biggest mistake Milan Management is currently making. I don’t think Milan would’ve been to 5th Place if LeoDini wasn’t here. No matter what anyone says, Leo’s signings were good both in PSG and in Milan. Why is Elliot trusting Gazidis on sporting matters is beyond me. Which club did Gazidis ever play for? Which CL winning club did Gazidis ever worked for? What is his credibility to make sporting decisions in ANY Club let alone a history rich club like Milan? This is BullSh*t. Gazidis should keep his dirty fingers off of sporting decisions and… Read more »